NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/14) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do This:

New York City Ballet (through March 1)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $78+
“Where would the art of ballet be without “Swan Lake”? Even this company, not known for its allegiance to evening-length story ballets, has a version (which it will perform Feb. 14-23). This staging dates back to 1996, when Peter Martins—the company’s former artistic director—created it for the Royal Danish Ballet. (A bit of trivia: the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky danced it when he was a member of the Danish company, in the nineties.) Three years later, Martins brought it to N.Y.C.B. The staging is swift and a bit dry, and it includes a second virtuoso male role, for a pesky jester who flits about the stage in great, flying leaps. It also includes some choreography by Balanchine, from a previous, one-act version. The abstract, color-coded designs are by the Danish painter Per Kirkeby.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Le Nozze di Figaro 
>> Joanne Brackeen & Ugonna Okegwo
>> Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Rough Trade NYC (Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m.)
and Bowery Ballroom (Feb. 15, 8 p.m.).; $25
“Across her nearly two decades as a mainstay of the adult contemporary sector, Norah Jones has shown herself to be a willing collaborator, appearing on songs with everyone from Dolly Parton to Outkast. One of Jones’s most enduring musical partnerships, though, is with the musicians Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper, with whom she performs in the alt-country group Puss n Boots. In 2014, the trio released “No Fools, No Fun,” a debut flavored by folksy, fingerpicked guitar, close harmonies and, of course, Jones’s signature silky coo. After a few years of relative inactivity, Puss n Boots will release their sophomore album on Friday and perform in Brooklyn on the same evening. The following night, they will appear in Manhattan.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

The Metropolitan Opera
Le Nozze di Figaro (next Feb.14, 8PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30 PM, $30+
“Two outstanding casts—including sopranos Nadine Sierra, Anita Hartig, Susanna Phillips, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller; mezzo-sopranos Gaëlle Arquez and Marianne Crebassa; baritone Mariusz Kwiecien; and bass-baritones Luca Pisaroni and Adam Plachetka—come together for Mozart’s scintillating class comedy. Antonello Manacorda and Cornelius Meister conduct Sir Richard Eyre’s fast-paced production.”

CHE MALAMBO (thru Feb.16)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m.;
“In 17th-century Argentina, gauchos flaunted their strength and agility through a lightning-quick percussive dance called malambo, often facing off in dance battles to prove their mettle. This all-male Argentine troupe continues the tradition, but with rock concert lighting and attitude. Gilles Brinas, the company’s founder and choreographer, provides rousing synchronized stomping routines for the dozen virile dancers, supported by the thunder of live drumming. It’s a spectacle, rooted in tradition, spiked with swagger.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Joanne Brackeen & Ugonna Okegwo (Feb. 14-15)
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St./ 7:30PM, +9PM, $25
Though female jazz instrumentalists now appear on bandstands and in recording sessions more often than they used to, it’s imperative to acknowledge the time—not so long ago—when a gifted pianist such as Joanne Brackeen could make news just by virtue of her presence on the male-dominated scene. Brackeen, who received an N.E.A. Jazz Masters award in 2018, remains a formidable post-bop improviser and composer; her skills will be on view in this duet with the responsive bassist Ugonna Okegwo. Also playing: Once a specialist in early jazz piano, Ehud Asherie has since broadened his scope; he performs, Feb. 21-22, with a trio that includes the drummer Willie Jones III.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Feb.13-15)
N.Y.U. Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl. / 7:30PM, $50+
“Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker doesn’t lack chutzpah. She’s the Belgian choreographer who, for the revival of “West Side Story” currently on Broadway, has replaced the original Jerome Robbins choreography with her own radically different stuff. A similar boldness underlies “Mitten Wir im Leben Sind” (“In the Midst of Life”), a 2017 work that has its North American première at N.Y.U. Skirball, Feb. 13-15. It’s set to Bach’s suites for solo cello, all six in a row, and lasts two attention-taxing hours, without an intermission. Compounding the audacity, the choreography is in De Keersmaeker’s most austere, pedestrian mode, all walks and runs and pivots. (De Keersmaeker, who is fifty-nine, is one of the five dancers.) But the cellist, Jean-Guihen Queyras, is deeply versed in the score and up for the marathon. And, if the steps look plain, their design is firm and considered. The dance of alignment and friction between Bach and the Belgian postmodernist can clarify both.” (NewYorker- Brian Seibert)

at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $35+
“It has been over 10 years since Ellis, a saxophonist and clarinetist, and Bragen, a playwright, debuted “The Ice Siren,” a “jazz opera” that in fact owes as much to modern Western classical as it does to jazz. Next month the opera — one of three long-form collaborations that Ellis and Bragen have produced — will finally be released as an album. This concert celebrates that fact, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Jazz Gallery, which commissioned “The Ice Siren.” Ellis will perform the work with an 11-piece group featuring the vocalists Gretchen Parlato and Miles Griffith, and conducted by the trombonist J. C. Sanford.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

MARC RIBOT (Feb.11-15)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Ribot’s all-around aesthetic is one of raucous disruption — whether he’s clawing a distorted wail out of his guitar in a caustic rendition of a jazz standard, assembling a crew of musicians to record classic protest anthems, or participating directly in activism on behalf of 21st-century artists’ rights. In the coming week at the Stone he will perform in a different musical setting each night. Highlights will include his collaboration with a large ensemble of Haitian musicians on Tuesday night and his solo-guitar show on Thursday.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

More smart stuff coming tomorrow.

Continuing Events




2/13-14 The Lumineers, Barclay’s Center
2/14 Puss n Boots, Rough Trade NYC
2/14 Marc Cohn, Concert Hall at The NY Society for Ethical Culture
2/15 Live From Here with Chris Thile: Indigo Girls, Real Estate & more, The Town Hall
2/15 Ween, Terminal 5
2/15 Puss n Boots, Bowery Ballroom
2/17 Broadway Sings Queen, Sony Hall
2/18-19 Jon Batiste, Cafe Carlyle
2/19 Soul Asylum, Bowery Ballroom
2/19 Bat for Lashes, Town Hall

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.


Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Here are two exhibitions the Vulture (NY Magazine) likes:

coming soon


For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide ( Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm). OR try this NYT recommendation: “When you’re done, adjourn to the newly renovated Bottino , the Chelsea art world’s unofficial canteen on 10th Avenue (btw 24/25 St.) “

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 02/12 and 02/10.

14 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend – NewYorkTimes (02/14/20)

Winter/Spring 2020 Broadway Guide  (

10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)


NYT Theater Reviews – NYT theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.

and, drum roll, here are all the media critics opinions on all the plays – Playbill’s “the Verdict”

For good, comprehensive and current info:

Broadway Shows: What to See and How to Get Cheap Tickets (NYT)

finally, lot’s of useful info: Broadway Shows – All You Need To Know

from the headout blog


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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